Surf Photo Friday – Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California

2-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, in Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California
Photos by Chris Grant

The year was 2007 and Jen Smith had just returned home from France after winning her first ASP Women’s Longboard World Title. Though jet lagged and exhausted from the festivities, Jen met me for a quick surf at Cardiff Reef. Perhaps the reef itself sensed everyone’s depleted energy levels and didn’t really offer much in the way of quality waves. Jen rode a few, touched the nose a couple of times, and returned the beach to her anxiously waiting dog, Colin.

In retrospect, this session was never going to be about Jen riding waves. Instead, the lazy day was more about reconnecting—the return back to a normal pace of life in her beloved San Diego and to meeting up with friends of both the furry and human variety who were waiting to congratulate her on her world title. Looking back, I can’t really remember anything from that day other than the look in Colin’s eyes as he saw Jen leaving the water to take him for a walk. A world title is amazing no doubt, but the love of a good friend is priceless beyond words.

Jen Smith, Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Fresh off her first world title, Jen Smith waxes up at home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com

Fresh off her first world title, Jen Smith waxes up at home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com

Jen Smith, no-paddle paddle-out. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith's dog, Colin, waits on the beach for her return. Chris Grant photo for Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, roundhouse cutback at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith walks across the sand in Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith walks her dog, Colin, on the beach in Cardiff. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith and her dog, Colin. Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith and her dog, Colin, go for a walk in Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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Photo Credits: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panama | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | The Session That Changed Everything | Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
Fin-First Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith – Jettygirl School of Sick Tricks
Jen Smith on Instagram – @jensmithyowza
Hawaiian Pro Designs
Sector 9 Skateboards
Soul Grind
Jen Smith’s 2011 Interview with Liquid Salt



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